In 2012, CALA N CA chapter co-sponsored two author events. Both events were well-attended. The audience and the authors had a good interaction and discussion about their books as well as the cultural issues of being a Chinese American.
The first event was cosponsored with Asian American Advisory Committee, Cultural Heritage Center of San José State University. On November 8, Nona Mock Wyman came to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library to discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California. In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos. In this unforgettable book, Nona shares coming-of-age stories from the perspective of the women of Ming Quong against the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.
The second event was held at Eastwind Books of Berkeley on Sunday, November 11th. The author, David H.T. Wong. share his debut graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, a vivid history of Chinese immigrants in their quest for Gold Mountain as seen through the eyes of the Wong family. Mr. David H. T. Wong is a Vancouver-born architect and urban ecologist who has designed airports, houses, regional town centers and destination resorts in more than a dozen countries. His background as a biologist has helped him embrace sustainable techniques that have solidified his reputation for designing green buildings, and he has advised government and industry leaders on common sense green initiatives.